IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse sæll (happy), from Proto-Germanic *sēliz.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sæll (comparative sælari, superlative sælastur)

    1. happy, content
      Synonyms: ánægður, hamingjusamur, líða vel
    2. fortunate
    3. my dear (used in certain set phrases when addressing someone)
      sonur sællmy dear son
  1. hello (a greeting)

Usage notesEdit

Sæll is a very common greeting, particularly in formal situations. It inflects with the gender and plurality of the person being addressed (sæll for a man, sæl for a woman and a mixed-gender group, sælir for a group of men, and sælar for a group of women).

In slang, the plural sælir/sælar is occasionally used to address a single person; it is considered a more "cool" and relaxed greeting.

DeclensionEdit

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ReferencesEdit


Old NorseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *sēliz.

AdjectiveEdit

sæll (comparative sælari, superlative sælastr)

  1. happy, fortunate

DeclensionEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Icelandic: sæll
  • Faroese: sælur
  • Norn: sel
  • Norwegian: sæl
  • Old Swedish: sǣll
  • Old Danish: sæll, sææl